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Ethnopharmacological Note: Aloe vera (L.) Burm.f. (Liliaceae)- a plant with multipurpose uses by a Bangladeshi folk medicinal practitioner
Syeda Seraj and Md. Ezazul Haque

Aloe vera (L.) Burm.f. is a succulent and popular plant both cultivated and found in the wild in Bangladesh. In Bengali it is known as “Ghritokumari”. The plant belongs to the Asphodelaceae family but is also considered as a Liliaceae family plant. A number of ethnomedicinal uses of the plant have been reported. Oil prepared from leaf pulp of the plant is used against dandruff by the Mullu kuruma tribe of Wayanad district, Kerala (Silja et al., 2008). Leaf pulp is applied to expel thorns from feet by the Hakki-pikkies tribe of Karnataka, India.

Keywords: Aloe vera, Hakki-pikkies